Gallery: New Skyscraper-Deconstruction Technique Harvests Energy from D...


Demolishing tall buildings is typically a loud and messy process that produces a lot of dust and not a lot of building materials that can be salvaged. But Japan’s Taisei Corporation is pioneering a new technique that preserves building materials and actually generates energy from the demolition process. The process, known as Ecological Reproduction System (Tecorep), uses huge jacks and an energy-generating crane to dismantle high-rises from the inside. Hit the jump to watch a time-lapse video of Tokyo’s Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka slowly recede from the skyline.

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  1. Guy Miflin September 23, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I am still confused. They pull extra energy out from the explosion and demolition? And, I never thought to recycle the parts from skyscrapers. That is a good idea.

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